Thomas W. Lee

Thomas W. Lee (deceased) was the Hughes M. Blake Professor of Management at the Foster School of Business, University of Washington, and was perhaps best known as co-creator of the unfolding model of voluntary employee turnover, job embeddedness (JE) and psychological withdrawal states theory (PWST). Tom’s research focused on extending JE and the PWST, employee selection and employee voice. He published approximately ninety-five academic articles and one book. Among his academic awards, Tom was most proud of the Academy of Management Career Achievement Award for Distinguished Service (2016), presenting the Inaugural Foster Distinguished Faculty Lecture in 2015, and the Herbert Heneman Jr. Career Achievement Award (2015) from the Human Resource Division of the Academy of Management. He also served as Editor of the Academy of Management Journal, as President of the Academy of Management and on eight editorial boards (e.g., the Journal of Applied Psychology). Tom was a Fellow of the Academy of Management and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Tom is married to Janet A. Thompson, and they have one son, Joseph T. Lee, who is their best “joint venture” ever and who is also gainfully employed. He enjoyed traveling with Janet, reading biographies and literary classics, and weightlifting.